Elaine Ng Named Chief Executive Officer of TSNE

Picture of Elaine NgBoston, MA - May 3, 2018 – TSNE, a $50 million organization that provides management consulting, shared operational services and capacity building support to other nonprofits, is proud to name Elaine Ng as its new Chief Executive Officer. Elaine has been serving as Interim Director of Operations for TSNE for two years and, in June, she will succeed Jonathan Spack, who retired in 2016 after 34 years at the helm of TSNE, and Lee Swislow, who has been serving as Interim CEO.

As a 25-year veteran of the nonprofit and education sectors, Elaine has a passion and commitment for organizations that shift the paradigm of equity and access. Most recently, she held the positions of Strategic Planning Director for Special Education for Boston Public Schools, and Executive Director of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.

“It is a privilege to assume leadership of TSNE at a time of such exciting growth and possibility for the organization,” said Elaine Ng. “We will continue to build on our great work as we position ourselves to become even more relevant to our partners and to the nonprofit community.”

Founded 60 years ago, TSNE operates the NonProfit Center in Boston, provides fiscal sponsorship for 80+ nonprofits across the country and offers consulting and trainings that serve a wide range of nonprofits pursuing organizational excellence. TSNE also has several grant-making programs aimed at building diverse and inclusive organizations and communities.

“I believe deeply in our mission of strengthening organizations and leadership in the nonprofit sector,” said Ng. “For the groups we work closely with that means developing practices that allow our clients to become more adaptable, resilient and inclusive as we build towards equity.”

“The Board of Directors was looking for someone who could position TSNE as a catalyst for extraordinary progress in the nonprofit sector,” said Tammy Dowley-Blackman, Board President, TSNE. “Building on our outstanding programmatic and operational support and what we have learned through our research, Elaine has the skills and experience to inspire and challenge our sector to continue to reach for excellence and lead us into the future.”

The appointment follows an extensive, nationwide search that resulted in three finalists after 350 prospects were reviewed by the search firm BoardWalk Consulting in Atlanta, GA.

About TSNE

TSNE ( is a nonprofit management support and capacity building organization that works with hundreds of nonprofits across the country. Our mission is to provide information and services to build the knowledge, power, and effectiveness of individuals, organizations and groups that engage people in community and public life. The ultimate intention of our work is to create a more just and democratic society.

In addition to its robust mix of services for nonprofits, the organization has published several groundbreaking original research projects that have been widely reviewed and shared with the sector including: Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce compensation studies (2017, 2014 and 2010), Opportunity in Change (2017, with The Boston Foundation), Leadership New England study (2015), Funding Learning Networks for Community Impact (2013), Step-by-Step: A Guide to Achieving Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace (2010), Creative Disruption a sabbatical study (2009), and the Executive Directors Guide (2002, 2010, new edition coming in 2018).